FC U Craiova 1948

FC U Craiova 1948 is a Romanian football club based in Craiova, Dolj County, and currently a member of the Liga III.

FC U Craiova
Full nameFC U Craiova 1948
Nickname(s)Studenții (The Students)
Leii din Bănie (The Lions from Bănie)
  • 1991 (1991)
    as FC Universitatea Craiova
  • 2013 (2013)
    as FC U Craiova
  • 2017 (2017)
    as FCU Craiova 1948
GroundTudor Vladimirescu
OwnerAdrian Mititelu
ChairmanMarcel Pușcaș
ManagerEugen Trică
LeagueLiga III
2018–19Liga III, Seria III, 2nd
WebsiteClub website

In 1991, promptly after the CS Universitatea Craiova sports club dissolved its football department, Fotbal Club Universitatea Craiova took its place in the first division. It continued the original club's tradition for the next two decades, but was reorganised multiple times and retroactively deemed an unofficial successor. FC U's only major honour is the 1992–93 Cupa României, although it also claims the four national titles and five national cups won between 1948 and 1991.[note 1]

FC U Craiova was disaffiliated by the Romanian Football Federation on 14 May 2012, following their temporary banishment since 20 July 2011, and consequently retired from every competition. The Romanian Court confirmed that the 2012 disaffiliation was legal and in September 2014 the team was officially declared bankrupt.[4] The club was reestablished in 2017 and commenced play in the fourth league.


In 1991, Universitatea Craiova won for the last time the Championship and the Romanian Cup, under Sorin Cârţu as coach. In the same year, the sports club CS Universitatea Craiova dissolved its football section[5] and Fotbal Club Universitatea Craiova informally continued their tradition. Until 1994, the club was still controlled by the Ministry of National Education.

In the following years, Craiova became a middle-table team, with rather poor performances.

At the end of the 2004–05 season they were relegated to the second football division for the first time in the club's history, returning to the first league after the following season.

Exclusion from FRF

On 20 July 2011, the club was temporarily excluded by the Romanian Football Federation[6] for failing to withdraw their dispute with former coach Victor Piţurcă from a civil court, as per article 57 of the FRF statute which states that the Football Federation solves all the sports lawsuits.[7] However, the article allows disputes regarding employment contracts to be adjudicated in civil court.[8] The exclusion decision was approved by the FRF General Assembly on 14 May 2012.[9] All of the squad players were declared free agents and signed with other clubs.

A criminal investigation was started by the National Anticorruption Directorate on 22 October 2011, against the heads of the Romanian Professional Football League and of the Football Federation, as well as against the Executive Committee members of the FRF, on charges of official misconduct in the case of the exclusion.[10][11] On 14 May 2012, the Executive Committee validated the temporary exclusion decision taken on 20 July 2011.[12]

In April 2014 the High Court of Cassation and Justice confirmed that the Romanian Football Federation "acted in accordance with regulations and statutes in force when members voted to exclude the club".[13] The criminal case against the president of the FRF was also dismissed in 2017.[14]

Reaffiliation and subsequent bankruptcy

On 22 June 2012, the Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled that the exclusion of FC U Craiova from FRF was illegal.[15] On 15 November 2012, the Court ruled that the validation decision was also illegal.[12] Although the club was invited to sign up in the Liga II for the 2012–13 season,[16] the owner of the club refused this invitation.[17]

On 2 March 2013, the club announced that it filed a request to rejoin the competitions, starting from the 2013–14 season,[18] in Liga II. However, at the same time, the local authorities from the city of Craiova created another football team, called CS Universitatea Craiova, claiming the right to continue the team that was removed from Liga I in 2011. A new legal battle soon started between the two. Eventually CS Universitatea was acknowledged as owner of the "Universitatea Craiova" brand and was allowed to list the record of Universitatea Craiova between 1948 and 1991,[19] but not with the record for the next 20 years, that FC Universitatea is now allowed to claim.[20]

In the meantime, in the summer of 2013, both FC Universitatea and CS Universitatea officially rejoined the Liga II competition, Series II. The first match of this team was the victory against SCM Argeşul Piteşti in the fourth round of the Romanian Cup, qualifying to the fifth round of the competition. FC Universitatea and CS Universitatea competed in the same league and met in two games that year, both ended 0–0.[21] With a more stable and sustainable financing, CS Universitatea promoted to Liga I that year, while FC Universitatea withdrew from the competition.[22][23] The company operating the team went bankrupt, so FC Universitatea no longer appeared in any competition.[24]


In 2017, Adrian Mititelu created a new company and his team was allowed to participate in the top regional tier of Dolj County,[25][26] which it won in the first year and was promoted to Liga III.[27]


FC U Craiova is supported by the Peluza Sud 97 ultras. Due to the strong division among the Universitatea fans in the city, the other ultras groups either support CS Universitatea Craiova or remain neutral.

In March 2018, FC U Craiova supporters attending a friendly game between Romania and Sweden at the Stadionul Ion Oblemenco booed Universitatea Craiova player Alexandru Mitriță upon being substituted out.[28] As a response CS Universitatea Craiova fans symbolically used insecticide to "get rid of the stench" left over by Peluza Sud 97 ultras.[29]

FC U's main rival is FC Dinamo București. The rivalry was amplified in 2002 and 2005 when Dinamo transferred an important group of players from Craiova. Other rivalries of FC U are with Steaua București and CS Universitatea Craiova, the latter rivalry because FC U claims the history of Universitatea.


Note: As of November 2017, LPF attributes all Universitatea Craiova trophies won between 1948 and 1991 to the CS Universitatea Craiova entity.[1] FC U's only major trophy would be the 1992–93 Cupa României, although it is also claimed by CS U Craiova.[2] Another court order from 2018 suggested that neither of the current clubs actually hold the original honours.[3]





Norcia Winter Cup Italy

  • Winners: 2003

European record

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 1210123−1
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup  1420276+1
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 4803539−6
UEFA Intertoto Cup 284221511+4
Total82275102729– 2

Current squad

As of 1 October 2019[30]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 DF Radu Negru
3 DF Samuel Luică
4 MF Ionuț Zanfir
5 DF Cornel Suciu
6 DF Marius Avram
7 DF Costinel Gugu
8 FW Samuel Zimța
9 FW Claudiu Bălan
11 FW Robert Răducanu
13 MF Claudiu Codoban
14 MF Daniel Rogoveanu
15 MF Robert Tudor
16 MF Vlad Pop
No. Position Player
17 MF Alexandru Raicea
18 DF Ovidiu Dănănae (Captain)
20 FW Claudiu Dragu
22 GK Claudiu Chindriș
23 GK Mario Enache
24 MF Ionuț Tănase
25 GK Roberto Bodea
27 DF Radu Criștiu
28 DF Constantin Grecu
29 FW Vlad Boția
30 MF Marian Stoenac
99 FW Kevin Trabalka

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Club officials

League history

Notable former coaches


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